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For fifty-plus years, Riverkeeper has been the Hudson River Estuary’s chief law enforcer when it comes to safeguarding our water and waterways. We work to strengthen the laws and regulations that impact New York’s water resources. We collaborate with coalitions and partners statewide on critical issues involving water pollution, clean energy, watershed preservation and more.

Since the mid-1960s, Riverkeeper has spearheaded policy initiatives that protect wetlands and habitat, improve nuclear oversight, increase and secure green funding, and encourage smart energy use and production in New York State. Strong environmental policy is one of the best tools we have, we work hard to garner support for legislation created to protect our Hudson River, its tributaries, our watershed, wetlands and surrounding communities.

Below you will find information, the current status of legislation and ways to contact your representatives on policies Riverkeeper has determined important to change and legislation we oppose and support.

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Bill Information & SummaryRiverkeeper positionStatusInformationTake Action
New York State 2020 budgetRead Riverkeeper Budget Memorandum

Read Riverkeeper Environmental Conservation SFY-21 Budget Testimony
Clean Water Protection
Wetlands Protection Act A.3658/S.7366(Englebright/Harckham)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and on third reading (floor calendar) in the Assembly. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy MemorandumSend a message to your representative!
Protect NY's Streams A.8349/S.5612A (Ryan/Harckham)
Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently reported to the floor of the Senate (2/25/2020) and passed in the Assembly (2/13/2020).Read Riverkeeper Policy MemorandumSend a message to your representative!
Oyster Shell Tax Credit A.0655/S.4718 (Rosenthal L/Metzger)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Budget and Revenue Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Private Well Water Testing A.1103a/S.1854a (Jaffee/Hoylman)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Adirondack Road Salt A.8767/S.6824 (Jones/Little)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Transportation Committee and Assembly Transportation Committee. Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Chemicals and Pesticides
Coal Tar Sealant Ban A.1304/S.6308 (Rosenthal L./Metzger)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and on third reading (floor calendar) in the Assembly. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Birds and Bees Protection Act/Neonicotinoid pesticide moratorium S5816/A7639 (Hoylman/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

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Prohibition on sale of glyphosate (Roundup) S.225/A.6899 (Hoylman/Steck)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 1/16/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Ban of use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in certain products S.6829/A.8829 (Kaminsky/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 1/16/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Oil & Gas Waste Loophole Closure S.3392/A.2655 (May/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently on third reading (floor calendar) in Assembly and referred to Senate Finance Committee. 3/3/2020 Read Riverkeeper Policy MemorandumSend a message to your representative!
Environmental Law and Litigation
Citizen Suits for Environmental Conservation Laws S.5013/A.1424 (Parker/Simon) Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and on Assembly third reading (floor calendar) . 3/6/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Fixing SEQRA Standing A.07971/S.7548 (O'Donnell/Kavanagh)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. (1/16/2020) and on Assembly third reading (floor calendar) (3/6/20)Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Increase Illegal Dumping Penalties S.6758/A.8672 (Kaminsky/Stern)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Codes Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Plastics, Recycling, and Promoting a Circular Economy
Single Use Hotel Bottle Ban S5282A/A7662A (Kaminsky/Englebright)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee 1/16/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Straws By Request S.1477/A.90 (Hoylman/Rosenthal L.)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Codes Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Expansion of Bottle Deposit Law (Bottle Bill) A.5028a/S.2129a (Englebright/Kaminsky)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Requires single-use plastic water bottles be made with 100% recycled material by 2025 to grow the recycling market. A.9121 (Fahy)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee and no Senate same-as. 1/22/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Requires single-use beverage containers be manufactured with 75% recycled material. A.8664 (Fahy)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee and no Senate same-as. 1/8/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Enacts the “Environmentally Conscious Purchasing Act” to prohibit state agencies and political subdivisions from purchasing single-use plastic products; defines terms; provides exceptions for medical and sanitation reasons. A.8772/S.6749 (Fahy/Parker)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Governmental Operations. 1/8/2020 Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Regulates the sale of plastic trash bags and requires plastic trash bags be made of 30% post-consumer materials. A.8878/S.6814 (Fahy/Metzger)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 1/8/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Establishes a “right to refill” by requiring food service establishments permit the use of reusable/refillable beverage containers, such as coffee and water, and food containers, provided by customers. S.8613/A.8722 (Metzger/Fahy)Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently in Senate Health Committee and Assembly Health Committee. 1/8/2020Riverkeeper Memorandum forthcoming.
Energy
Ban of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing S.6906/A.9678 (Metzger/Englebright) Riverkeeper SupportsCurrently on floor calendar in Senate and in Assembly Codes Committee. 3/6/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum
Legislation Riverkeeper Opposes
Uber Trout Stocking S.5021/A.7135 (Metzger/Woerner)Riverkeeper OpposesCurrently in Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 1/16/2020Read Riverkeeper Policy Memorandum

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